For the stylish among us in terms of hair, curling is one of the most popular techniques out there. In Collectiv Academy’s cosmetology program, we’ll show you every little detail and trick to help clients with all hair curling needs.

In particular, a common question you’ll hear from clients is how they can go about getting curls that will stay sharp and voluminous for the entire day. Some find that curls wear off as the day wears on, or are too susceptible to the elements. Here are some tips to give clients on maintaining that perfect curl.

Before Curl

If clients know the day of their curl in advance, advise them to go a day or two without a wash before that day. Some have found success using a dry shampoo between washes to create extra texture for the hair. If clients do wash their hair before a curl, tell them to skip the conditioner – the smoothing properties will make hair less likely to hold the curl.

Just before a curling, advise clients to use a small amount of curling cream or mousse to help the curls last. Don’t use too much, however, as this will make hair less likely to hold.

During Curl

If clients are using a curling iron or wand, make sure they use a heat protectant. Also advise a spray or a cream that will keep the hair protected from the heat.

After Curl and Product Use

After curls, clients should be spritzing on a light hairspray – don’t use too much, or the hair may feel crunchy. In addition, advise clients to pay close attention to the products they’re using after a curl. If hair is regularly showing up frizzy or drab, tell them to try using shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated to restore damaged hair.

Bobby Pins

A common curling mistake is allowing hair to fall before it curls, which will not do the hair any favors for retaining the curl later. One tactic to avoid this is using bobby pins to pin your curls up to your head until the hair has cooled. Then spray it briefly with hairspray before releasing, and watch those curls stay defined and in place for a much longer stretch.

Good cosmetologists know that educating clients is a crucial part of the job. At COLLECTIV Academy, we want our students to become great cosmetologists, which is why a complete understanding of hairstyle theory is an integral part of our Cosmetology / Barbering program. If you’re ready to begin your cosmetology journey, apply today.


For those who wear makeup every day or most days, one of the first big choices to make revolves around foundation. There are many different types of foundation out there, and which is right for a given person will depend on a number of factors.

At Collectiv Academy, this is just one of many areas covered in our cosmetology school programs. We’ll show you how to examine client skin and make makeup recommendations, including foundation. One big question many clients have is whether to use powder or liquid foundation – here’s a brief primer on a few basic tips you can give them.

Powder Foundation

In general, powder foundation is for people with younger, oilier skin. Powder is less likely to stay on any cover acne in general, but it’s easily brushed over concealer for a great matte finish. It won’t be absorbed in the same ways as a liquid will, which is part of why it’s so great for people with oily skin or who sweat often. It’s also commonly recommended for people with sensitive skin or want a quick application product.

On the flip side, powder foundation is known for being a bit tougher to apply evenly and smoothly. It can become patchy and appear caked on in some situations. For people who prioritize a smooth, glowing finish above all else, powder sometimes isn’t the way to go.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is perfect for covering acne and blemishes, and comes in many different formulas that work for different skin types. It lasts a long time without requiring touch-ups, and is often used by people with older or dryer skin. It’s also perfect for those who have wrinkles or might be sensitive to the sun.

Liquid foundation does take more time to apply than powder, and it takes some work to blend it evenly between the face and neck. It can be tougher to match to skin tone, and mistakes here can make the product look unnatural more easily than powder.

Can Both Be Used?

Absolutely! Many people choose both liquid and powder foundation to combine the matte and glow together. It’s important here to not over-apply, and to be sure to put the liquid foundation on first – applying the powder first will cause the liquid to just wipe off, since the powder doesn’t stick to the face.

While some cosmetology programs stop at the eyebrows, we believe that having a solid understanding of make-up basics is required to be competitive in today’s beauty market. That’s why introductory make-up is a standard part of our cosmetology program. For more information about the program, including start dates and costs, click here.